Duke Nukem - Manhattan Project 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

If you’re in your 30s, surely you must remember an action videogame franchise that set the genre on fire. Starring a larger-than-life character called Duke, itt was originally created by Apogee Software and 3D Realms, with the voice actor Jon St. John borrowing Duke his distinct voice.

The long-standing Duke Nukem series has since seen numerous releases and the last installment was published back in 2011 by Gearbox Software, which acquired the rights of the franchise the year prior.

Duke Nukem II was ported to iOS last year and now the original king of action is making a comeback in Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, now available for the iPhone and iPad for $1.99

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, originally released for Windows in 2002 and ported to iOS by Spawn Studios, should appeal to retro fans with its graphics and game mechanics borrowing heavily from the original.

I understand that our younger audience may not necessarily dig this game. Those of you who do care, Duke is out to fight mad scientist Mech Morphix who holds New York City captive by turning its citizens into mindless mutants using a scarry-sounding weapon, Gluon Liquid Omega-Phased Plasma.

Duke now must deploy Weapons, Insults and Name-Calling (I’m not making this up, that’s from release notes) to “rid the city of goo-based bad guys, and return peace and tranquility to The City That Never Sleeps”.

The side-scrolling concept is reminiscent of the first two games in the series, Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II.

Check out the screenies.

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There’s plenty of action to look forward to.

Total carnage is guaranteed: sunshade-wearing Duke is wielding a bunch of weapons, including bombs, guns, Battlelords, Gargoyles and what not.

From release notes:

Revisit Duke’s dynasty with these re-released classics. Return to a time when the King Of Action didn’t need regenerative health or auto-aim – a time when action games were actually about action, an era when heroes had the strength to carry as many guns as they wanted and use as many cheats as they needed.

The iOS port soups up the experience with nine brand new weapons (G.L.O.P.P. Ray, Pipe Bomb, Pulse Cannon and the almighty press-to-kill-everything X-3000).

The game takes places across eight distinct levels scattered across New York City (Rooftop Rebellion, Chinatown Chiller, Metro Madness, Unholy Underworld, Fearsome Factory, Tanker Trouble and Deviant Drilling).

If only the game supported iOS 7 game controllers…

Anyways, grab Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project from the App Store for $1.99.

The universal binary download comes in at 203MB and requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.

  • Tony

    Always bet on Duke!

  • Manuel Molina

    “Damn! Those alien basterds are gonna pay for shooting up my ride!”

    “Damn! That’s the second time those alien basterds shot up my ride!”

    Who can’t remember that line from the N64 days?

    • czbird

      Come get some 🙂

  • FrankensteinBlack

    What, no strip clubs and money flinging along with expletives like, “SHAKE IT BABY”? Apple’s walled garden watering down. I’ll wait for the uncut Android version…

    • Derp

      Yeah apple waters down which is why games like leisure suit Larry, GTA, the walking dead and TWAU are all on the App Store.

      • FrankensteinBlack

        “Steve Jobs: If you want porn, get an Android”
        No, I don’t think this game will have stripper on polls getting money tossed at them like past Duke Nukem games. Just sayin…

      • Manuel Molina

        The PSX version of Duke with the strippers and all is on the App Store if you didn’t know. And of course there’s porn on the iPhone. Websites work better on the iPhone than Android.